Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vancouver 2010 and Butternut Squash Soup

Hi Haley,

Top Memories from the Vancouver 2010 ReemsEats Conference (Readers: Haley and I met in Vancouver to attend a Stollen and Panettone Baking Class on Granville Island)
  1. Cold weather, snow fall, and the sunlight hitting the mountains, which provided a backdrop to Granville Island
  2. Receiving a complementary facial at the noodle bar due to massive amounts of steam generated by boiling pots of noodles, pork, and broth.
  3. Using an electric scale
  4. Buying an electric scale
  5. Laughing a bit too enthusiastically at the German Baking Instructor's 'stolen' jokes
  6. "More butter is better"
  7. Min panettone over two-for-one Starbucks
  8. St. Sinclare
  9. Scott removing her pants at Numbu (or whatever it's called)
  10. Haley always laughing
Things I learned at the 2010 ReemsEats Conference
  1. Never let Haley out of your sight or she might shame the entire ReemsEats corporation by lining her baking sheet with nearly ten pieces of parchment paper.
  2. More butter is better (Don't worry, Joan, I haven't taken this adage to heart)
  3. Using a kitchen scale is more accurate and faster than volume measurement.
  4. Add baking powder to sweet yeasted dough for a shorter dough.
  5. Take the time to go to Vancouver to hangout with Haley. The rewards are infinite.

Now, I know I was to post a Stollen recipe as a companion to this post BUT I have a better idea. Remember, on the way to the ferry, when we stopped on Granville, slipped into Williams and Sonoma and sampled apple cider and that amazing butternut squash soup?


I made the soup. The recipe is online and you don't need to buy W.and S.'s bottled pureed squash, at the exorbitant price of thirty dollars a pop. Here is the recipe (the link is not showing up--but click on 'recipe'). It is hands down the best B.S. soup I have made. Be sure to use stock, not water.

(I'm very excited about our siblings Christmas dinner--look up Zambri's and tell me what you think. Too pricey?)

love, R.


  1. Ooh that soup sounds good! Looks like you guys had a great time. Now Rachel, I don't know you but I do know Haley and I would be so presumptious to suggest that while your butternut squash soup looks delicious, I think I may have a recipe that trumps yours. ;) It is basically the recipe posted there but with cream cheese in it. ooh soo tasty! From what I have read here you like cream and butter and the cream cheese creaminess is definitely heavenly!! Maybe we will have to meet in Chilliwack and have a "Soup off". :)

  2. That recipe looks sensational. Rach or Kylie did you use the fresh sage leaves, or is dry OK? - go big or go home I guess. I do have one butternut squash sitting on the counter, so I was on the same wave length, albeit a slower one.

  3. Oh, and I'm totally pulling for a Chilliwack Soup-off, I'm declaring myself one of the tasting panel. Any more volunteers out there?

  4. from Grannys KitchenDecember 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    I would love to come to a Chilliwack Soup-off....but to far. Maybe next time you are in Victoria we could have a FERRIE/CAMPBELL Soup-off..Going to give this a try and then post it to my blog....Love yah and hope to see you guys soon...Auntie Judy

  5. Hey Ladies! Checking out your blog and I love it! Oh right, in case you're not sure who this is, it's Lisa (the cake lady) in the stollen class :)
    My favorite soup is Butternut Squash so I'm definitely trying this recipe!! Sounds delish!

  6. Fresh sage! Fesh sage! Drop the dried and run.

    I love soup and Chilliwack is okay, too. I'm in!